So this happened…

I generally hate talking about myself.  I like to share ideas on this little bit of blog space, but just this once, I’m going to share something that happened last Friday because I’m just so darn overwhelmed by all the kind words from colleagues that went into making it happen. 🙂

I found out on Friday, at a whole school convocation that I am the National recipient of the Shell Science Teaching Award!  I was completely shocked, humbled, and awed to be chosen.  Needless to say, I cried.  A lot.  I couldn’t get it together! 🙂  I was surprised…completely surprised!  I knew I was going to be recognized for being one of three finalists nationally, but had no idea that I was going to find out that I was the National winner!  In front of the entire school!!  I can’t do what I do without the entire group of people who were there to see it happen, the kids, the staff, and my family!

In order to get this award, I went through three rounds of judging.  In November, I submitted a paper talking about my philosophy of teaching science and what some of my favorite lessons were.  I made it through that round and found out I was one of 10 finalists nationally, so I had to submit a video of me teaching.  Then, I found out I was one of three finalists nationally and had a team of three teachers do a site visit.  They spent the entire day watching me teach, talking to my colleagues, administrators, and parents.  That’s the last I knew of anything–that I would be hearing about the results near the end of February. 🙂  Totally caught me off guard!! 🙂


Here I am with our Superintendent. 🙂 (See the blotchy red eyes?  🙂  )DSCN9637

Our Director of Elementary Education. 🙂DSCN9639

And everyone!  My Principal, Assistant Principal, Director of Elementary Education, me, hubby, my son, school board member, and our Superintendent. 🙂DSCN9641

This is my family…I can’t do what I do without them!

As part of this award, I get an all expense paid trip to Boston for the National Science Teachers Association conference, and I won $10,000!  Can you believe it??  I knew that going into the whole thing, but the reality of actually winning–well, it took awhile to set in!

I am so humbled to be chosen as the recipient of this award and can’t wait to get the message out that young children and learners can participate in Science and they can be very successful at it! 🙂

Best. Day. Ever.

Kristen 🙂

About Kristen Poindexter

I am the 2014 National Shell Science Teacher, 2014 PAEMST Awardee for Science, and a Kindergarten teacher who blogs about my adventures in teaching!

Posted on March 4, 2014, in NSTA 2014, Science, Shell Science Teaching Award. Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. Congrats to you, enjoy! Awards for what we do are few and far between, soak it all up! Spend the money on something for you and your family, you deserve it!


  2. What an accomplishment and your passion for teaching shines through on you blog, way to go girl!!


  3. Yay, Kristin!!! So many times early childhood gets the ‘short end of the stick’ when it comes to exploring science. Major congrats! Will you be presenting at NSTA, too?


  4. Congratulations! I love looking at your Science stuff – you always have great ideas!


  5. That is so awesome!!!!! Good for you! You should be proud & thanks for sharing with us!!!


  6. Congratulations! You’ve shared so much with perfect strangers and their children & classrooms… you have made a great impact on children! Enjoy the lime light! Michigan


  7. Congratulations!! Love to hear great things about great people. Nice to see a Kindergarten teacher be honored, as well. You rock


  8. You deserved that award Kristen! I am awed by what you post and what you do with your kids. I’ve learned from you and have used many if your great ideas over the years I have been following you! Congratulations and enjoy your success. Your school is lucky to have you!

    Sent from my iPad



  9. Bernadette Crocker

    Wow! That is fantastic! CONGRATULATIONS! You must be so excited. I am very pleased for you. You deserve to be recognized for what you do. I love your blog. It is one that I visit every day. Thanks for all you do.


  10. Congratulations!! You deserve recognition for all the hard work you do and inspiration you give.


  11. How exciting for you! Well deserved!!!!!


  12. Congrats!! So very exciting for you! 🙂


  13. Lisa Walthall

    You are an inspiration to so many teachers in this country. Congratulations for your well-deserved award. And thank you. Please keep it coming.


  14. Congratulations! How exciting!


  15. theteachernextdoor

    Congratulations! You are an inspiring teacher to me. I am a blog stalker of yours and want to thank you for all your postings and freebies, as well as your creations on TpT. You deserve the award! Terry Y, CA


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